Scott Gregerson has announced that he will be resigning as president of Stanford Health Care-ValleyCare in the new year, stepping away from his career to spend more time with his family.
Gregerson, who has led the Tri-Valley hospital system since early 2014, was a key member of the leadership team that worked to complete the merger between the former ValleyCare Health System and Stanford Health Care over three years ago.
"It has been the honor of a lifetime to work for this community, and as of now I have no plans other than to spend time with my young children and wife," Gregerson told the Weekly on Tuesday, but stopped short of calling his decision a retirement.
"I imagine I'll find my way back to health care as I have found great meaning in the cause, but for now my family will be my focus," he said. "I leave confident that Stanford-ValleyCare will continue to provide extraordinary care for years to come."
Gregerson's last day at the helm will be Jan. 4.
Stanford Health Care president/CEO David Entwistle said the search would begin immediately to find Gregerson's successor to lead Stanford-ValleyCare going forward.
In an email to employees, Entwistle commended Gregerson's leadership and reiterated how the Tri-Valley system is a valued and vital component of the Stanford system.
"Working with you -- ValleyCare's incredible physicians and staff -- Scott has created more seamless and coordinated care for all of our patients and their families," Entwistle said.
Gregerson was working as vice president of strategic partnerships for ValleyCare when he was promoted to interim president/CEO in February 2014 after longtime leader Marcy Feit abruptly resigned.
Gregerson guided ValleyCare through its merger with Stanford Health in 2014 and 2015, a deal needed to keep the Tri-Valley system afloat as it plunged deeper into debt as an independent organization.
He was installed as president of the new Stanford-ValleyCare subsidiary when the merger was completed in May 2015.
Earlier this year, Gregerson also played an integral role in the No on Measure U campaign, which helped defeat a union-backed initiative in Livermore that would've overhauled health care in that city by limiting medical care prices charged by any health care provider to 15% above "the reasonable cost of direct patient care" while tasking the city government with making sure that happened.
Livermore voters resoundingly opposed Measure U in last month's general election, defeating it by better than a 4:1 margin.
Stanford-ValleyCare includes general hospitals in Pleasanton and Livermore as well as other health care centers in those communities and Dublin.